Hey there everybody. Looks like we've got another year in the books. Last year I could barely write a paragraph about 2017. But I've got a lot more that I feel needs to be said about this year. So bear with me while I go on this somewhat emotional diatribe.
2018 certainly tried to put me through the ringer. Saying goodbye to an old friend, permanently damaging my hand, school/work nearly killing me in a myriad of ways, and a few other things just weighed really heavily on me. Still not quite used to using my "bad" hand, but I'll make it work with time. I've lost a few of people this year, both online and offline. But I've also gained a lot of great friends. That seems like the perfect transition to the actual happy part of this journal huh?
I've got a whole slew of people I need to thank (both old and new). Forgive me if it gets cheesy, I'm not the best at being genuine via text.
I don't think berggie
would take any surprise in seeing himself as the first person on this list. Long before I started doing this, he was one of the people that made me realize that I had a thing for growing girls. His work was one of the key inspirations that drove me to start making those comics on reddit all those years ago. I look up to the guy and he's worked super hard over the years to get to where he is. Plus he's got more talent in one pinkie than most people have in their whole body. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the beginning of this year, one thing led to the other, and here I am at the end of it humbled to say that not only have I gotten the distinct honor of working with him a few times but also that he's a dear friend of mine. Meeting Berg really did reignite my passion for making art and made me remember what I truly enjoyed about it at the beginning. Berg might not be willing to accept all the praise I give him, but when I say he's a legend to me I mean it. When I built April's Skyrim model early this year it felt unreal making the character that helped me find myself in a way and with the blessing of her creator no less! Thank you for everything Berg. I won't forget all the things you did for me this year, or what the "legendary circle master" taught me, or the first time I saw April and Alchy together in your sketchbook. Oh and you’re a really good shrink, you should start selling therapy sessions
Early in this year I ran into AnimalAutumn
who's been following my stuff since my reddit days. What started as a little request to sketch up Rae and Niya as valley girls quickly blossomed into a great friendship. While it was deeply flattering to be referred to as “the great TopSecretName” it was even more amazing to see Autumn grow as an artist as time passed. He started off pretty talented but now when we look back it’s like night and day. I’ve been honored to help him wherever I could on his journey and I’m just so proud of how far he’s come since I met him. Just about every day we sit down and discuss ideas and I look forward to those lulls during my work day when we get a chance to chat. It’s been a blast having a real partner in crime again and I couldn’t be more happy with him acting as president of the Alchemia fan club. Thank you for all the good times we’ve had and all the wonderful projects we’ve gotten to work on together Autumn (or should I say NexusPaladin
)! Here’s to many more next year! And maybe one day before we’re in the grave we’ll even finish our Dead Space 3 playthrough.
If there was a silver lining to me mutilating myself back in August, it was that it led me to meeting Gaz-KnightofNylrac
. His style is super duper adorable and it's always fun to see what he pumps out. I've been flattered with all his Alchy drawings and I wanna do my best to return the favor at some point.MrPhoenyxx
has been amazing help for me as an artist since the beginning on DA and I got to be a writer for one of his comics this year! Hopefully I can find the time to write up another goofy script for him next year.Dinner-Kun
has been far too kind to me this year, helping me out with references and considering a few of my incredibly stupid render ideas. I'm incredibly grateful for all the awesome stuff he's featured Alchy in and it always fills me with joy to see all the wonderful crossovers he puts together.CaptainXero
has the big gay.
I met Forsa-kun
this year through CaptainXero
and he's the nicest dude. While muscles aren't my thing I adore his art style and it always fun to see what he's up to. Only thing I'd say is that he needs to practice his Cards Against Humanity skills
It was awesome when mister--rendering
made his return this year and shared so many kind words from me when he saw my new stuff. Hopefully when neither of us are too busy we'll get to work on something someday
Shoutout to Icymasamune
for being a cool dude and being willing to watch all sorts of goofy ass movies :>
I met Obhan
a couple months ago and I'm so glad to have another person to joke around about Skyrim mods with. I had a blast doing an art trade with him this month and I'm hoping we'll get a chance to work on another one next year!
A shoutout LysoDesigns for doing a fun little trade with me at the beginning of the year and being a really cool gal. Keep up the great work!
Another shoutout to Oshii-Mikomi
for another trade he and I did this year.
Wouldn't feel right if I didn't mention PressurizedPleasure
here. I got to work on a short story with him back in February and I'm just so thankful that I had him as a mentor. PP, I know things have been hard on you lately and I wish you the best. I hope that 2019 is a great year for you.
Shoutout to Cymic44
for all the fun little gifts he's done for me. I'm hoping to be able to return the favor next year!
Oh and for the sake of memes you guys should go and yell at lord-macaroni
to make more art. He's lazy.
I'm hoping that I didn't forget anybody on this list, if I did it'll be fixed pretty soon.
I started my Patreon this year and I gotta say it's insanely humbling how many of you guys have been so generous to donate to it. I know I've said something like this a lot, but I never thought I'd come this far with my work here. Thank you to everyone who's donated and I hope you guys enjoy the double comic release I'll be doing for January
I'm also about to hit 1500 watchers which is more than double what I ended last year with and that's just nuts. Thank you to everyone who's been following my stuff, both new and old. I hope that you'll continue to enjoy what I put out next year.
I hit 6,000 subscribers and nearly 4 million views on my YouTube channel this year, I thought that was pretty cool. I'm so glad that so many people enjoy my mashups and shitpost videos.
And so to end this journal on the happiest possible note, I should be done with college at the end of 2019! I'm super excited to be done with all my studies and getting a fancy new job. Lord knows it'll be a helluva lot easier than holding down both my jobs now.
And so with all that stuff finally written down... Happy New Year everyone!
Here's to a new, better year for everyone.